The Hampshire County Council Awards recognise and reward volunteers and neighbours who support others in their communities. They acknowledge the contribution people make in enabling older people to remain living independently in their own homes.
Neighbours who go that extra mile have been thanked at Hampshire County Council’s eighth Good Neighbour Awards.
Hosting the ceremony in the Great Hall, Winchester, Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber led the tributes to the vital support provided by 49 extra special friends, neighbours and community groups.
Cllr Thornber said: “The Awards, recognise and reward volunteers and neighbours who support others in their communities.
“It is heart warming to hear how neighbours are there for each other. For example one 80-year-old woman was described as a true angel of mercy after seeing her neighbour through two hip operations with daily hot food, warming cups of tea, always delivered with a beaming smile.
“Among some of the other acts of kindness celebrated were people providing transport to doctors appointments and lunch clubs, people who do gardening work or shopping for neighbours as well as those who are at the end of a telephone, day and night ready to help in emergencies.
“I wish to congratulate all of this year’s nominee’s who have helped change peoples lives and make simple day to day tasks achievable. All too often good deeds go unnoticed so it is such a great honour to take this opportunity to recognise their efforts.”
The awards were organised in partnership with: Age Concern Hampshire, Brendoncare Club Hampshire, Carers Together, Good Neighbour Support Service, and WRVS.
We have developed this awards scheme in conjunction with a number of partners:
Good Neighbours Support Services for Hampshire
Co-ordinate 100 volunteer groups and 3,000 volunteers who assist in the care and support of older people
Tel: 023 9289 9671
Age Concern Hampshire
Supporting all people over 50 in the county, they provide essential services such as day care and information provision, and also campaign on issues like age discrimination and pensions
Tel: 0800 328 7154
Provide support and advise to carers across the county
Tel: 01794 519495
Over 80,000 volunteers across the UK, delivering voluntary transport and meals on wheels to older people
Tel: 01730 269967
Brendoncare Club Hampshire
300 volunteers run a network of social and luncheon groups across Hampshire to over 1,200 members
Tel: 01962 877772